Unit on Community Helpers
Grades: Kindergarten to 2nd Grade
Concepts/skills to be developed: Listening, identification, patterning, community helpers and the tools they use.
Materials needed: "Old Macdonald Had A Community" big book, chart paper, markers
Preparation necessary: Cut chart paper and have all supplies ready..
Set/Introduction: We will begin the class by reading the familiar big book "Old Macdonald Had A Farm". Since our unit is about community helpers, I will share with the class our new big book, "Old Macdonald Had A Community". We will look at the book, predict about what it is about, and discuss any prior knowledge we may have before we read the book.
Body: After reading the big book, we will discuss the community helpers in the book and the tools they used. We will discuss other possible tools those community helpers could have used, and then we will discuss the tools of various other community helpers. Finally, we will discuss how patterning is used throughout the book and some phrases are repeated throughout. Students will then get into small groups and be given a large sheet of chart paper. Then, the students will add to the big book. They will write about other community helpers using the same patterning as "Old Macdonald Had A Community." Students will get in their groups and share their creations with the class.
Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on my observation as they work in groups. Evaluation can also be on their creations which will see that they understand the pattern and how to create new ideas from the old pattern. It will also be on their ability to match up community helpers with correct tools based on their drawings.
Conclusion/Closure: Today we talked about various community workers? Who can name a few? What are their tools? Who can tell us what a pattern is? What pattern did we identify today? Finally, after we discuss what we did during class, we will re-read "Old Macdonald Had A Community".
CONCEPTS/SKILLS TO BE DEVELOPED: Listening, Story retelling, and Cooperation
MATERIALS NEEDED: "The Fire Station" material, craft sticks, drawing paper, and chart paper
PREPARATION NECESSARY: Have materials ready.
SET/INTRODUCTION: The class will visit the fire station and tour it as our field trip. The class will listen to the fire fighters tell about what they do, and the class will look at all of the various fire fighter equipment. This will be the introduction to the lesson we will have that day when we return.
BODY: I will tell the story using the material. The students will have to listen carefully, so they can retell the story correctly. Then, the students will get into groups and retell the story on chart paper. The students will decide what parts of the story they feel are the most important, and they will illustrate them on the chart paper. From their illustrations, the groups will share their story retelling with the class. Students will then receive their drawing paper. They will draw the puppets that they wish to make, and then they will color them and attach them to the craft sticks. Finally, they will use these puppets to retell the story in correct order to a friend.
EVALUATION: Observation of how well the students are able to retell the story and the individual story puppets will be methods of evaluation.
CONCLUSION/CLOSURE: Students can share their puppets with the class. Students can ask questions if needed. We will review the order of the story by asking various questions such as the following: What did Michael and Sheila do first? Where did they go? What did they do/see there? How did they get home? What happened at home? How did the story end?
Concepts/skills to be developed: Listening, identification, and noting important details
Materials needed: Community workers game, community workers stick puppets, and chart paper
Preparation necessary: Cut chart paper, and arrange a school tour with the principal.
Set/Introduction: I will come into class dressed as a fire fighter. I will tell the boys and girls that today we are going to begin our unit on community workers. We will take a tour of the school, and we will identify as many community workers working in our school as we can. As we identify them, we will stop the workers and ask them questions about their jobs and the tools they use. We will listen to the workers speaking, and we will note the important details regarding each worker.
Body: After the tour, the students will get into groups. Each group will have a sheet of chart paper. The groups will list other community workers that they can think of that we did not encounter on our tour. I will them show each of my community worker puppets, and the students will identify the worker. I will see if any group has listed that community worker on their chart paper. They will have to listen carefully. Together, we will list any workers that that the students listed on their chart paper that have still not been mentioned in class. We will briefly discuss the job of each of the community worker. Then, we will play the community workers game. This game is to introduce the class to various community workers, and it is also meant to see what prior knowledge the students already have. The students will have to listen to a riddle and answer it. If the answer is correct, they will see if they have the picture of the correct worker on their card. They will then cover that picture with a game piece. After the entire card is filled, that student wins the game. After the lesson, the game will be placed in a center for students to play on their own time.
Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on how well the students answer the riddles. The students will be able to evaluate themselves in the center with this game, because it is a self-checking material. Evaluation can also be based on my observation as they work in groups.
Conclusion/Closure: Today we identified community workers. Who can name some that we identified? Ask various questions. Review. Tell the children that this is just the beginning of our unit, and we will study some of these workers more in depth over the next two weeks and become engaged in many activities. This game will also be used in the final lesson as an evaluation of the effectiveness of the unit. I will let the children know that this game will be located in the center for them to use.
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